UFC 119: Ryan Bader sees advantage over 'Lil Nog' in wrestling, experience with Rodrigo Nogueira

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"I think my wrestling and my ability to scramble. Lil' Nog had some trouble with Jason Brilz primarily because he put a scramble into every position he had. Nogueira would be going for a half guard sweep and Brilz would use his wrestling to create a better position. Nogueira is a very well rounded fighter, but I think the main thing he lacks is a good wrestling base. I think I have him there with my ability to create scrambles. There isn't too much of a game plan for this fight, just go where it goes. I have some power in my hands so I might be able to take him out that way, or get him on his back, be careful posturing up. I'm at more of an advantage with my wrestling than Forrest [Griffin] certainly would have been... I wouldn't say an edge, but it definitely gives me an insight into how good they actually are [training with Rodrigo Nogueira on TUF 8]. ‘Big Nog' would tell me to try to work out of his guard or stop a sweep, and I would have a hard time doing it. If anything, it makes me respect his skills even more. I'm not overlooking anything in this fight. It just makes me work harder knowing what they can do."

The co-main event at UFC 119 on September 25 pits rising light heavyweight top contender Ryan Bader against MMA veteran Antonio Rogerio Nogueira in an intriguing 205-pound match up. "Darth" detailed where he feels he holds an advantage over "Lil Nog," primarily in the wrestling aspect of the game. After last night's incredible performance by Jon Jones left the MMA world wondering who's next for "Bones," the winner of this fight was quickly thrown into the pot. So, who do we see taking this bout? Will Bader continue his ascension up the light heavyweight ranks or will Nogueira stop him in his tracks?

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